CREVIER CLOSE TO TWO TITLES Fast Company rider wins again in Superbike; squad is Team of the Year BRESLAU, Ont. -- Team Toyota Yamaha / Fast Company rider Steve Crevier did everything he could but had to settle for second place in the Parts ...
CREVIER CLOSE TO TWO TITLES
Fast Company rider wins again in Superbike; squad is Team of the Year
BRESLAU, Ont. -- Team Toyota Yamaha / Fast Company rider Steve Crevier did everything he could but had to settle for second place in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship season finale at Shannonville Motorsport Park on Sunday.
The Maple Ridge, BC racer led every lap on his Yamaha YZF-R1 to win his third Superbike feature in a row, and the 26th of his career. But by finishing fourth Jordan Szoke held onto the number one plate. Szoke ended the season just eight points clear of Crevier in the Superbike standings, 298-290.
"Jordan had a really good year; he rode like a veteran today," said Crevier, who has won a record six national Superbike titles. "We learned a lot this year. We got faster and faster every race. Scott Miller and the Fast Company crew did an amazing job again."
After qualifying third, under the previous track record, Crevier elected to go with his back-up R1 for the race, sacrificing some torque for a stronger top end, and the Fast Company crew made some changes to the front suspension for the feature race.
Crevier set the race's fastest lap and finished 3.510 secs. ahead of Brett McCormick.
Riding his Yamaha YZF-R6, Crevier just missed out on the win in the Yoshimura Pro 600 Sport Bike race at Shannonville, and again had to settle for second in the standings behind Szoke.
After qualifying on pole with a new track record, Crevier held off Szoke for most of the 18-lap race, only to have Szoke pass him two laps from the end. Crevier got back in front on the final lap but Szoke again got by him and hung on to win by just 0.119 secs.
"I really wanted to win it," said the 42-year-old Crevier, who has four Canadian Pro 600 championships to his credit. "I got off to a pretty good start and I tried to jam things up behind and maybe make things more difficult for Jordan."
Szoke won the championship with 311 points to Crevier's 287.
With second place finishes in both Pro championships, and victories in the final three Superbike races Team Toyota Yamaha / Fast Company was selected as the Inside Motorcycles Team of the Year for 2007. Miller also won the award in 2001.
"I don't know if we're the Team of the Year, but we're certainly the team that gets along the best," said Miller from the podium after the Superbike race. "It's been a great year and hopefully we can have a little bit more success next season."
-credit: Team Toyota Yamaha Fast Company Racing